Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Rose MacClare Batik Fabric Knit Bag

Recently, I cut my batik and hand dyed fabric scraps into 1/2" wide strips (on the straight of grain). I blogged about that here. Then I spent hours and hours and days and days knotting those strips together to create a huge ball of yarn. I knotted fabric strips together while I binge-watched all 3 dvds of season 4 Downton Abbey and still I had only knotted about two-thirds of the fabric scraps. I watched other dvds too while I continued to knot the scraps together. Finally I had a huge ball of fabric yarn made. Since most of the yarn was made while watching Downton Abbey, I thought perhaps I should name the bag I knit after one of the characters. Since the batik fabrics are bright and kind of wild, the character I thought of, of course, was Lady Rose MacClare. So I named this bag that I knit The Rose MacClare Bag. Rose doesn't like to be called "lady" as you know. I couldn't just name it Rose because you might think I named it after the flower or the color and there are certainly more colors in this bag than just rose.

I used batiks because they do not unravel as much as other fabrics do and the color is the same on both the front and back of the fabric too.
I wanted to line this bag and when I made the lining it came out a bit too small width-wise. So I suppose now I will have to make another bag that will fit the lining, lol!!! I will try and measure the lining fabric correctly so that I will be able to line this bag too.
This is the other side of the bag. As you can see it has a variegated look because I had soooo many scraps! I knit i-cord handles.
I even had enough batik yarn leftover that I knit a small purse-style bag. I need to finish it and I will post it when it's done. I really like how this bag came out and what a great scrap-busting project it is too.

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16 comments:

  1. I love all the colors of this bag. It is beautiful.

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  2. I think that is a wonderful bag. Knitting i-cord handles was a good idea. You really have talent for designing bags. I like the name, too.

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  3. Now that was a quick finish and it looks fabulous! I love how the batik fabrics actually knitted together. Well Done Daryl Dear...

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  4. I'm speechless Daryl. It's so beautiful and the name you chose is perfect. Alot of time and work has gone into this bag but I think it was definitely worth it.

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  5. Hi Daryl, I think the choice of batik fabric makes perfect sense any other fabric wouldn't be as vibrant. I am fascinated by how great the big chunky I-cord looks, I love that handle. I don't think I would ever make a bag like this however I really think you did a great job and the colors really draw me in. Tara

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  6. OMG..........this bag is just gorgeous!

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  7. I love the style of this one and all the colors is just beautiful:)
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  8. The bag turned out marvelous. I bet you are so pleased with it. That's a really great pattern and the batiks make it amazing. You go girl!

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  9. Hi! This is fantastic and fun bag! Thank you for your visit and comment - I'm happy I found you and your beautiful blog! x Teje

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  10. Wow, you've really inspired me! The colors are so refreshing.

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  11. Lovely colourful bag. I havent seen batiks around for a while. well done :)

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  12. How pretty! It's so colorful

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  13. An awesome way to use up fabric scraps - love it!!!

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